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"It is not really about sex per se as much as the experience of being with somebody." Diane left her marriage emotionally long before she had an affair.
She says she was living with a lot of disillusionment in a disappointing, sexless marriage.
After a business trip with a friend turned romantic, she began a long-term affair, a path she admits she was likely on anyway as her marriage dissolved.
Using another partner to transition out of a bad marriage is one of the common reasons women have affairs.
Nevertheless, Rutgers University biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, author of Why Him? and Why We Love, says men are more likely to cite sexual motivations for infidelity and are less likely to fall in love with an extramarital partner.
Women, she says, tend to have an emotional connection with their lover and are more likely to have an affair because of loneliness.
But in general, women's motivations aren't just about sex.
“I don't think women are doing it because they want to have more sex.
But I don't think they mind if they get it," Reilly says.
"Women tell me, 'I was lonely, not connected, I didn't feel close to my partner, and I was taken for granted,'" marriage and family therapist Winifred Reilly says.
"They say they wanted to have someone who would look into their eyes and make them feel sexy again." Every affair is different, and so are every woman's reasons for her involvement.